1. Swimming Cities
A ragtag band of artists and artisans throw these astounding spectacles in Brooklyn warehouse spaces, set to a soundtrack that leans toward grimy electronic music that will keep you dancing till dawn. Location varies; parties held biweekly. Next event: Hobo’s Paradise at the Chicken Hut (169 Spencer St at Willoughby Ave, Bedford- Stuyvesant, Brooklyn; theoceanofblood.blogspot.com). Jan 29 at 10pm; $10.
2. Mister Saturday Night
Two of clubland’s stalwart DJs, Justin Carter and Eamon Harkin, have pooled their years of experience to throw the friendliest of parties in venues ranging from intimate spaces to raw warehouses, but they still manage to attract big-name special guests. Location revealed to ticket holders; visit mistersaturdaynight.com for details. Next event: Sat 15 10pm–5am; $15, advance $10.
3. One Step Beyond
The Rose Center for Earth and Space becomes uptown’s unlikeliest nightlife destination with a stellar roster of DJs, hipster chicks and spacey visual projections. American Museum of Natural History, enter at the Weston Pavilion, Columbus Ave at 79th St (212-769-5100, amnh.org/osb). Parties held monthly. Next event: Fri 14 at 9pm; $25.
4. New York Night Train Soul Clap & Dance-Off
The night’s impresario and DJ, Mr. Jonathan Toubin, wields an impressive stack of rare, dusty soul 45s. Even if you’re flagging when the party starts at midnight, you’ll be caught up in the second wind Toubin blows through the dance floor. Flail around with enough passion and you may even win $100 in the dance contest. Glasslands Gallery, 289 Kent Ave between South 1st and 2nd Sts, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-599-1450, newyorknighttrain.com). Third Saturday of every month; $5. Next event: Sat 15 midnight; $5.
5. Blkmarket Membership
This staple of NYC’s underground techno scene has been throwing parties in the new, ambitious Manhattan club District 36—including a 30-hour New Year’s Eve blowout. Now it’s back to its itinerant ways, but wherever it ends up you can expect cutting-edge music from the industry’s finest. Location varies. Next event: Tyrant at Good Units (356 W 58th St between Eighth and Ninth Aves, blkmarketmembership.com). Fri 14 at 10pm; $30, before midnight $20.